10 amazing new places I discovered on my last trip to Paris

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - The Eiffel TowerNo, the Eiffel Tower was not one of my new discoveries in Paris. I just liked the photo. But just as I’m discovering so many new places in Amsterdam this weekend, I also always find something new when I’m in Paris. Despite the rain, I loved walking around the city with my camera. I already showed you some in my video, but here’s my list of places you should definitely check out on your next trip to Paris.

Merci
Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Concept Store MerciTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris

There were two concept stores I wanted to see in Paris. The first one – Colette – has been around for a long time, but for some reason I never went in. Well, don’t bother. It’s crazy busy and yes, they have nice things, but I didn’t really get what’s so special about it. The second one however, is one you definitely don’t want to miss: Merci. What an amazing store! And not just because of that cute little red car parked in front.

And when you go, don’t forget to have a drink or lunch at their Used Book Café.

Website: Merci

Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Honor

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Outdoor Coffee Bar Honor

Close to Colette is the first outdoor café in Paris: Honor. Nice idea, but not when it rains… So when it finally stopped raining for a couple of minutes, I decided it was time for a little coffee break.

These days there are so many independent coffee shops opening up in Paris. Honor is located in a cute little courtyard just off the expensive shopping street Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Website: Honor

Address: 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

Rooftop Terrace Galeries LafayetteTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Rooftop Terrace Galeries Lafayette

When I was living in Paris I used to shop at Galeries Lafayette all the time. Well, whenever my student budget allowed it. But I had never been all the way up to their rooftop terrace on the 7th floor.

If you’re looking for a place to get a – free – nice view over the city including the Eiffel Tower, then this is it.

Website: Galeries Lafayette

Address: Lafayette Coupole, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris

Liberté

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - LibertéTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Liberté

In this city you never have to look very far when you’re in the mood for something sweet. But that doesn’t mean that some do it better than others. Liberté is worth checking out if you’re already in the trendy 10th arrondissement. The bakery looks super stylish, with marble counters and concrete floors. And the cakes don’t only look gorgeous (impossible to pick one) but also taste incredible.

Website: Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie

Address: 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

Museum of Natural HistoryTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Galerie de Paleontologie: animal skeletons (Museum of Natural History)Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Museum of Natural History

I have no idea why I’d never been here before, but what a great museum! It’s not one building but more a group of museums, and you’re paying an entrance fee per museum. I went to see two: Galéries d’anatomie comparée et de paléontologie and Grande galerie de l’évolution.

I especially loved the first one. It’s like a stampede of animal skeletons! Nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Website: National Museum of National History

Address: 54 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Ob-La-Di

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Ob-La-DiTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Ob-La-Di Cafe

I had a quick lunch and a delicious cup of coffee at Ob-La-Di in the Marais, after seeing so many pretty pictures of their iced coffee on Instagram. With Australian baristas and avocado toast on the menu it doesn’t feel very French or Parisian, but I loved it. It’s quite small so you’re lucky if you can get a seat.

Website: Ob-La-Di

Address: Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Village Royal

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Village Royal

I didn’t do a lot of shopping this weekend (who has time with such an enormous to-do list). And if I did, it wouldn’t be at Dior or Chanel. But even if you’re not looking for luxury brands, this elegant passage in the 8th arrondissement is worth a little detour. Again, it didn’t look typical Parisian, but more like something in the south of France. I even saw some sunshine while walking through, so it could have fooled me.

Website: Village Royal

Address: 25 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris

Season

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Season RestaurantTen amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Season Restaurant in the Marais

I’m not a big fan of eating by myself when traveling alone. Especially at dinner time. But Season in the Marais was great. They’re open all day, and it’s something between a coffee shop and bistro, which made it easy to sit down with a book and order some food. Their menu is all about healthy food, like the quinoa salad: amazing!

Website: Season

Address: 1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris

Méert

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Meert

I must admit that this ‘discovery’ (since 1761…) has more to do with the store front than anything else. Although apparently they’re famous for their waffles, so it’s also worth going in.

There are pretty store fronts all over Paris, but this one in the Marais was my favorite.

Website: Méert

Address: 16 Rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris

Les Deux Plateaux – Palais Royal

Ten amazing new places I discovered in Paris - Palais Royal

I’m almost ashamed to include this in my list, since this art work by Daniel Buren has been part of the inner courtyard of the Palais Royal since the eighties. And I’ve been so close so many times, but this was the first time I actually got to see it. Not sure why I missed it before, because it’s such a cool part of Paris. And when you go, don’t miss Café Kitsuné next door.

Address: 8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris.

  • It all looks amazing – even in the rain! Adding to my list to visit next time I’m in Paris 🙂

  • these are such good suggestions! I never know where to go in Paris and just end up wandering around Le Marais but these looks great!

    • The Marais is still one of my favorite neighborhoods. Hope you’ll enjoy your next trip to Paris.

  • Best opening sentence EVER J!

    • Haha! I would be some travel blogger if I would start with the Eiffel Tower as one of my most original finds in Paris 🙂

  • great post! the Museum of Natural History looks amazing

  • 🙂 Lovely Paris!

  • Frontier

    Paris is a great idea for travelling within Europe!

  • Merci is definitely a must visit. I wish I had more time to spend in the book cafe but decided to run amok the store instead. Will look forward to waffles at Meert on my next trip. I’ve decided that trips to Paris should take place at least twice a year, it’s just too easy to get to from London!

    • Absolutely! I hadn’t been in such a long time before I moved to London, but am now trying to go at least once a year (although I like your idea of going twice…). And still I’m running around the city like a crazy person to do everything :-). Next time I’m just going to sit in the book café, read, eat and drink coffee.

  • Yey, I’m off to Paris tomorrow and staying in Le Marais, will make sure to check out some of these. Am solo travelling too, so tips much appreciated!
    Rosie xx

  • Bettsyd

    What a great collection of to-dos in Paris. Thanks a lot.

  • Akanksha Padhi

    Loved your post. Such beautiful pictures. Makes me wanna visit Paris again!

    x https://ahsknaka.wordpress.com/

  • I love this post! Most ‘unknown places in X City’ are place I’ve heard of/visited before but this list was truly original, thanks!

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  • Great finds! I remember when I first came across the courtyard of the Palais Royale and wondered how I had never seen it before. It’s lovely!

    • I know, it seems so silly that I’d never seen it before. And on my previous trip I was also right next door and I still missed it. I had seen it on photos, but for some reason thought it was part of the Louvre. Anyway, have fun in Paris this week!

  • Thanks Debbie! Paris is also one of my favorite cities.

  • Agree, Paris is always a good idea :-). I loved the rooftop terrace! Hope you can go again soon.

  • So happy to have found your blog (via my friend Montgomery Fest)…we have a lot in common! These are all great spots – I can’t wait to visit Ob-La-Di next time I’m in Paris. I just missed it’s opening last time I was there!

  • Thank you for introducing some of these gorgeous places in Paris. There’s so many which I’ve never knew. Paris is one of my favorite city and it seems like almost every year my bf and I would pay a visit, when we’re in Europe. I’m pinning the Village Royale so that I can visit this place next time. You’re right about how it didn’t look like it’s in Paris.

  • Absolutely lovely photos. I’ve heard of Ob-La-Di before from other bloggers… if I ever get the amazing opportunity to go to Paris, that’s something that will be on my list. 🙂

  • Angelica Vernière

    I’m Parisian and I live in Paris (obvious) but I wondered why you only picked Rive droite places. I’m from Rive gauche, and even though I like Rive droite a LOT, I actually prefer Rive gauche because, though it’s less “hipster” than Rive droite, I think it’s much better. After all, its has the Tour Eiffel and the shopping is Fabulous in the 6ème and 7ème arrondisment and Place St Sulpice with its church and its fountain (it’s near Rue de Rennes, in the 6ème arrindissement again) is really pretty and the Jardin du Luxembourg (We, French call it the “Luco”) is seriously the best in Paris. Now I’m not “promoting” any of the rives, but I’m just sayin’, Rive gauche is cool too